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Paint return program begins in May

NEW YORK--Starting May 1 New Yorkers will have the ability to recycle leftover paint, stain, and varnish more easily. In the coming months, there will be up to 300 drop-off sites across New York state residents can access created through partnerships with paint retail stores and local government facilities.
"We're excited to launch our paint stewardship program in New York state so that households, businesses and institutions can drop off leftover paint at their convenience, all year long," said Andrew Radin, PaintCare's New York program manager in a statement.
There is no cost at the time of disposal; the money for the program comes from a new fee on paint purchases. In New York, the cost is $0.00 for a half pint or smaller; $0.45 for larger than a half pint up to smaller than one gallon; $0.95 for one gallon up to two gallons; and $1.95 for larger than two gallons up to five gallons.
The impetus for New York's paint recycling program comes from a paint stewardship law enacted by the state legislature in 2019 that was designed to ensure that everyone who produces, sells, and uses paint works together to minimize, reuse, and recycle unwanted paint. As a result of this law and similar laws enacted in states across the country, a nonprofit organization called PaintCare was created by the paint industry to manage leftover paint.
"We're grateful for the important role that paint and hardware stores, as well as local government facilities, will play in making sure this environmental initiative is successful by voluntarily serving as drop-off sites. We look forward to adding additional partners in the coming months as we aim to recover and recycle over one million gallons of leftover paint each year," said Radin.
It is estimated that up to 10 percent of the 36 million gallons of paint sold in New York goes unused.
It is recommended that anyone interested in participating call the site they wish to bring their paint to ensure they have enough room. All sites must accept up to five gallons of paint per customer.
In order to qualify, paint must be dropped off in its original container with its original manufacturer's label. There is a full list of products accepted by the program at
For the closest location visit and scroll down to the map to enter a zip code. Locally, the Sherwin-Williams in Bath and Geneva are the closest locations to Yates, Schuyler and Steuben Counties.

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